The Community for Personal Development, Inc. Presents:




I left feeling lighter, happier, and more in control of my future... It was intense, challenging, exhausting, and completely different to anything I have experienced. I am so happy I did it.

- Simon



Breakthrough Weekend is a three-day experience in which you will challenge your limiting beliefs and expand your emotional agility. You will have healthy, supported experiences with grief, anger, shame, forgiveness, and play. Learn how you can discover purpose, connection, confidence, and self-love.


enrich your life

Deepen connections
Discover passions
Unleash your joy

Upcoming Courses

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    The Breakthrough Weekend, 808 NW 16th Avenue Gainesville FL 32601
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I was given the tools I needed to move forward in my life with a new fire, a renewed passion that I’ve been desperately needing for quite some time. I felt like I had a purpose again and that my dreams were really worth pursuing. One item that has really stuck with me since was this: 'If your dream doesn’t scare the crap out of you, it’s not big enough.' -Josh M. (coach).

- Lexi

OUR team




Cheyenne first attended the Breakthrough Weekend in March of 2016, on her doctor's recommendation to help with an autoimmune health crisis. After attending the course Cheyenne fell in love with the community-style personal growth work, and continued to volunteer with the organization for the next 2 years. Cheyenne became the Co-Director of the Community for Personal Development, Inc and Breakthrough Weekend in the summer of 2018, and has been passionately growing the community ever since. When asked about why she loves working with Breakthrough she says "This is what I was always meant to be doing. This is my home, and my purpose." 


Cheyenne has a Masters in Family Youth and Community Sciences, and a Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Florida. She currently works for the University as an Infant Toddler Development Specialist, where she gets to teach parents and play with toddlers! Cheyenne fills her free time with hiking, playing video games, performing with the Gainesville Band and spending time with her amazing wife Laura. 



While attending graduate school at the University of Florida in 2010, Pam Chamales became passionately committed to mental health and personal growth related to her own healing journey.  She attended her first Breakthrough Weekend in the winter of 2013 and volunteered for the Community for Personal Development for the next five years, always enthusiastic about her contribution to the Organization.  Pam became Co-Director of CPD in the summer of 2018 and is steadfastly holding a vision of growth and abundance for the Organization.  What she loves most about the work she does are the gifts she creates for others who are seeking love, connection, and to know they matter. 


Pam has a background in Biomedical Sciences and is an Assistant Professor at the College of Central Florida.  When she is not teaching or hosting personal growth workshops, she can found at home with her loving husband and two pets, or out salsa dancing with her friends. 



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Adam earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. He then earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Adam has over 20 years of experience providing therapeutic services with children, adolescents and adults across varied and unique settings including residential treatment, crisis hospitalization, community mental health, university counseling, transitional living, and independent private practice.


In addition to providing assessment and psychotherapy to private practice clients, Adam is passionate about teaching personal growth workshops and has had the pleasure of instructing courses for children, teens, and adults over the last 10 years.


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Since graduating from the University of Iowa in Communications, Bert has spent many years facilitating many personal growth courses and workshops. Throughout his career as a trainer, he has developed classes on conflict management, team-building, leadership, customer service, listening, anger management, resume writing, interviewing, EEO laws and workplace etiquette, just to name a few!


Bert attended the rigorous two year training program required to teach the “Breakthrough Weekend” type workshops. He teaches the weekend workshops in Florida, North Carolina, and Israel. He brings a warm sense of humor and fun to all of his workshops as well as a dose of reality and wisdom.


Bert lives in Tallahassee, Florida where he is the Regional Trainer and Facilitator for a not-for-profit job service organization.



After a career of over twenty years, Charlene Sears-Tolbert continues to work passionately as an Organizational & Personal Development Consultant specializing in organization development, interpersonal relationships, addictions, women issues, and cultural matters.  She is the co-host of “Relationships Matter,” a weekly radio talk show.


Charlene attended the University of Massachusetts majoring in Human Services Management.  Earning a Bachelor degree with honors, she went on to achieve a Masters degree in Psychology with honors from National Louis University.  Charlene is also an International Board Certified Addictions Counselor.


Charlene has personally conquered tremendous obstacles and has made it her life’s “work” to share her experience, strength, and hope to empower others.  She is the author of the self-help workbook, “When Relationships Hurt:  52 Ways to Heal” and often conducts workshops and retreats based on this book.



David Traub has been coaching, teaching, and training individuals for over 20 years. His background includes leading seminars and workshops on wealth and abundance, personal development, and relationships for individuals and corporations worldwide.


David’s expertise is delivering powerful personal development programs designed to inspire and empower people to create the life of their dreams. His extraordinary ability to connect with his clients, inspire them to take on more than they ever believed possible, and transform their lives is what makes David exceptional.


Known for his generosity of spirit and his willingness to go above and beyond, David teaches “The Breakthrough Weekend” in the US, Russia, Switzerland and China.


If you want to develop the skills to excel in business, create healthy relationships, find your life purpose, and master the psychological skills required to increase success and happiness in your life, you will find David to be a skilled and gentle teacher.



Ilene took her original “Breakthrough” weekend course in 1989 and continually participates in personal
growth, both for herself and assisting others. Ilene developed and coaches a workshop called “Please
Don’t Push My Buttons” here in this community. This workshop has helped many people come to a
better understanding of anger, and also given them tools to reduce stress and increase joy in their lives.

Ilene is intuitive and gifted in sensing how to assist people in the healing process, especially from
childhood events. Her lighthearted, accepting manner makes it safe and comfortable to explore the
messiness of being human.

Ilene lives in Central Florida, and has been married to her husband Ken for 34 years. Together they
raised 2 wonderful daughters. After managing an Internal Medicine practice for over 15 years, Ilene is
semi-retired and is a full time Grammy to the absolute loves of her life, Lorelai, Charlotte, and Madelyn.



Josh Magro is a licensed psychotherapist, motivational speaker, international workshop facilitator, and Program Director for Personal Power & Prosperity (P3). He has facilitated countless workshops, retreats, and groups over the last decade and witnessed as thousands of people changed their lives for the better.


Josh holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College. He is trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, Neurotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Josh’s concentrated specialties include Parts Therapy, Couples Therapy, Neurofeedback (also known as brain mapping), Conflict Resolution, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD, and Shame Resolution.



Affectionately described as “Love on Two Feet,” Kathryn has studied and reported on what make people successful in their families and in their workplace. She presents fresh new ways at looking at age-old problems. Seeing with these new eyes, her students are inspired to make amazing shifts toward loving action.  These loving actions create more satisfying relationships at home, in school and in the workplace.  Her workshops are interactive and students walk away with practical tools they can implement immediately.

Kathryn is a co-creator of “The Breakthrough Weekend.”  She is the author of the “Redirecting Children’s Behavior” parenting book and course.  She teaches her course internationally with Indian, Indonesia, China and Switzerland being her most recent travels.


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Helen Keeling-Neal is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice in Winter Park. Helen uses an internal/external systemic approach to healing, believing change happens in relationship--with self, and others--in a safe space.


Helen is known for her ability to create safety for individuals, families and couples so they can connect with and share the most vulnerable parts of themselves, while being supported in an environment of respect and loving kindness.


Helen has a B.A. from UCF, in Radio/TV Production and an M.A. from Rollins College in Mental Health Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy. Helen is trained in Mindfulness practices, Systemic Training for Effective Parenting, EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Traumatic Grief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Helen is passionate about the emotional jumpstart Breakthrough provides to those who take the course.

I realized that I AM the woman that I am trying to be. I AM strong, I AM beautiful, I AM loving. I am stronger because of Breakthrough Weekend. I am so grateful. I have made lifelong friends and I will continue this journey with them.

- Beth